ROOKIE Kyle Magdato struck late in the first half and University of the Philippines ended Far Eastern University's two-year reign with a 1-0 victory on Thursday in the UAAP Season 78 men's football tournament at the Moro Lorenzo Field.
After Feb Baya's cross was punched away by Tamaraws keeper Ray Joyel, Magdato struck for what turned out to be the winning goal.
With 30 points, UP secured the top ranking, La Salle is second, while University of Santo Tomas and Ateneo also advanced to the semifinals set on April 28 at the Rizal Memorial Stadium.
“I think this group, in terms of work ethic, in terms of fight and stability, it is as strong as it gets. Per position, we covered everything," said coach Anto Gonzales.
The Maroons also achieved a clean sheet for the sixth straight match.
"That is always been our philosophy, everything starts with defense. Our goals haven't really come really very often sa amin. Pero in terms of controlling the game and securing the backline, nandoon kami," said Gonzales.
FEU, which will miss the Final Four for the first time since 2012 after finishing fifth with 24 points.
The Tamaraws crumbled in the second round, as coach Kim Chul Su's side felt the absence of injured star midfielder Arnel Amita.